Tuesday, November 24, 2020

Our exhibition at The Municipal Art Society of New York opens today!

Open for Business: The Art of the Storefront An Exhibition by James & Karla  

Full exhibition: https://www.mas.org/photo_exhibitions/open-for-business/ 

"The Municipal Art Society of New York (MAS) is pleased to present the latest exhibition in the Doris C. and Alan J. Freedman Gallery, a collection of photographs capturing some of New York’s most iconic mom & pop shop storefronts in the lead up to Small Business Saturday and the holiday season. From hosiery to work boots, wontons to knishes, small businesses across the five boroughs have continued to open their doors and serve their community throughout this difficult year."



McHale’s, NYC

The other day we walked around the Theater District and sadly saw just how the Coronavirus pandemic has affected not only Broadway theaters but also many small businesses which relied on foot traffic from theater-goers. Our thoughts also went to the long-departed McHale’s which was on the corner of Eighth Avenue and 46th Street for over 60 years. This bar which closed in 2006 to make way for a new condo tower was well known by locals for its affordable beer and great burgers 🍔. We are not sure how many restaurants, cafes, convenience stores, and bars will close in the Theater District 🎭neighborhood in the next year as Broadway will stay dark until at least next Spring but we are sure they will be remembered as is McHales’s.



Monday, November 23, 2020

Casey Rubber Stamps, East Village, NYC

Casey Rubber Stamps on East 11th Street in the East Village sells the most amazing rubber stamps!  

Full video: https://youtu.be/v2vovmtf428 

This small shop @caseysrubberstamps was founded in 1979 by Mr. John Casey and needs your help to survive the Coronavirus pandemic as business is down by 40% as tourist traffic accounted for a good portion of his business and there is basically no more tourists walking and shopping in the neighborhood! 

• In our latest YouTube Video NYC BEST RUBBER STAMP SHOP: CASEY RUBBER STAMPS, we visit this historic shop, which sells over 10,000 original stamp designs as well as custom made rubber stamps. We speak with the owner and get a behind-the-scenes tour of the entire old-school process of making stamps with a negative, plate and mold, sheets of rubber and custom-molded maple wood blocks. 

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Sunday, November 22, 2020

Our latest YouTube video is live! BEST RUBBER STAMP SHOP: CASEY RUBBER STAMPS

In our NYC BEST RUBBER STAMP SHOP: CASEY RUBBER STAMPS, we visit a historic rubber stamp shop in the #EastVillage, which sells over 10,000 original stamp designs as well as custom made rubber stamps. We speak with the owner, John Casey, and get a behind-the-scenes tour of the entire old-school process of making stamps with a negative, plate and mold, sheets of rubber and custom-molded maple wood blocks. Visit Casey Rubber Stamps: 322 East 11th Street New York, NY www.caseyrubberstamps.com

Lucky Strike, SoHo, NYC

Lucky Strike on Grand Street near West Broadway in SoHo sadly closed in April after 30 years in business “due to the impact of COVID-19.” This French-American bistro was opened by restauranteur Keith McNally in 1989 and soon became a popular SoHo hangout for artists and celebrities. We especially loved the buildings’ cast iron facade and rickety old fire escape.

Friday, November 20, 2020

Thank you 6sqft for including out STORE FRONT prints in your gift guide!

Full list: https://www.6sqft.com/2020-black-friday-cyber-week-deals.../ 

"You’ve seen the work of photographers James and Karla Murray here on 6sqft, but now you can have one of their well-known “storefront” photos in your own home by picking your favorite mom-and-pop print from past or present times. For Black Friday, they’re offering free shipping to anywhere in the USA with an order of a signed 11″ x 14″ Store Front print for $99 or a signed 8″ x  10″ inch print for $75. Payment is via PayPal or Venmo to Karla-Murray. James and Karla ask, “When ordering, please indicate which storefront print you would like to receive. If you have a special request, please let us know as we have photographed thousands of NYC storefronts over the past 30 years!”



Thursday, November 19, 2020

Our latest video is live! NYC LIFE: WALKING UNION SQUARE TO WASHINGTON SQUARE PARK

In our NYC LIFE: WALKING UNION SQUARE TO WASHINGTON SQUARE PARK, we walk at night with our dog Hudson from Union Square in Manhattan along University Place to Washington Square Park in Greenwich Village during the #Coronavirus Lockdown in #NYC to see how these neighborhoods look during the reopening of New York with outdoor dining during COVID-19 restrictions.